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The Official SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

Since we first unveiled the idea for a new high-speed ground transport system called the Hyperloop back in 2013, there has been a tremendous amount of interest in the concept. We are excited that a handful of private companies have chosen to pursue this effort.

Neither SpaceX nor Elon Musk is affiliated with any Hyperloop companies. While we are not developing a commercial Hyperloop ourselves, we are interested in helping to accelerate development of a functional Hyperloop prototype.

For this reason, SpaceX is running an open competition, geared towards university students and independent engineering teams, to design and build the best Hyperloop pod. To support this competition, SpaceX is constructing a test track adjacent to our Hawthorne, California headquarters. Teams will be able to test their human-scale pods during a competition weekend at the track, scheduled for January 27-29, 2017. The knowledge gained here will continue to be open-sourced.

Based on the high-quality submissions and overwhelming enthusiasm surrounding the competition, SpaceX is moving forward with a second installment of the competition: Hyperloop Pod Competition II, which will culminate in a second competition in Summer 2017 at SpaceX’s Hyperloop test track. Hyperloop Competition II will be focused on a single criterion: maximum speed. The second competition is open to new student teams interested in competing on the test track, as well as to existing student teams who have already built and tested Pods to further refine their designs.

Note: This competition is a SpaceX event. SpaceX has no affiliation with any Hyperloop companies, including, but not limited to, those frequently referenced by the media.

Break a pod!
Competition Weekend I will take place January 27-29, 2017.

Registration for SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition II closed on September 30, 2016.

  • Important Dates
  • January 29-30, 2016
    Design Weekend
    In-person Design Weekend with all invited entrants: Results.Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
  • August 31, 2016 Competition II Rules and Requirements Released
  • September 30, 2016 Competition II Intent to Compete Form and Signed Letter of Support Due at 5pm Pacific
  • January 27-29, 2017
    Competition Weekend I
    Selected pods compete at Competition Weekend I.SpaceX Hyperloop Test Track
  • Summer 2017
    Competition Weekend II
    Selected pods compete at Competition Weekend II. SpaceX Hyperloop Test Track
For additional information on the Hyperloop, visit